Pumpkin Butter & Brown Butter Maple Pecan Granola

Pumpkin Butter and Brown Butter Maple Pecan Granola | Veggie and the Beast

You may have noticed there’s a lot of brown butter happening around these parts lately. Let’s talk about that.

I don’t believe I’ve mentioned how busy work has been lately. It’s been the kind of busy where it’s GOGOGOGOGO all the time. I know everything ebbs and flows, so I realize it will pass and the craziness will subside, but until then I must rely on my favorite form of after-work therapy: pumpkin candles, Billie Holiday Pandora, and baking.

Fortunately (I think?), this stressful work time coincides with cookbook writing (!!!), so I have a reason to spend many after-work evenings decompressing in my kitchen. I used to do all of my blog baking on the weekends, but now when those crazy work days happen I can actually say things like, “I can’t [insert social obligation] tonight because I have to work,” instead of, “I can’t [insert social obligation] tonight because the introvert in me needs to reset my stress clock by staring at butter bubbling on the stove until it browns.” #notcrazy

Pumpkin Butter and Brown Butter Maple Pecan Granola | Veggie and the Beast

To summarize, this blog’s content will likely veer more towards baking over the next few months. That’s not to say there won’t be main dishes popping up every now and then, but making sweet things is my go-to “let’s calm the eff down” activity, so calm the eff down I will.

Take this granola, for instance, which isn’t entirely naughty, but definitely tastes a bit indulgent. Crunchy baked oats, sweetly-spiced pumpkin and rich maple goodness, along with some caramel brown butter flavor because, well…you know.

Pumpkin Butter and Brown Butter Maple Pecan Granola | Veggie and the Beast
I’ve bought pumpkin butter in previous years, propelled by an extreme amount of autumn excitement, only to find I had no idea what to do with it. A few tablespoons would end up on toast and in oatmeal, but after that it would sit in the back of my fridge, forgotten and eventually rancid.

Last weekend The Beast and I went on a “birthiversary” (his birthday, our almost anniversary) trip to southern Minnesota, and on Saturday we traveled across the border to an adorable orchard in the bluffs of Wisconsin. After tasting some hard cider and apple wine, we perused the goods for sale. My eyes went directly to a jar of orchard-made pumpkin butter, and I was sold. Maybe I didn’t know what to make with it, but I was at an orchard, the air was crisp, and I was wearing fleece, so gosh darn it I needed it.

Pumpkin Butter and Brown Butter Maple Pecan Granola | Veggie and the Beast

A couple weeks ago I tried to make a granola with pumpkin puree, and the result was wet, somewhat bland and too soft (gross…). Instead of using puree in this version, I decided to put my pumpkin butter to good use. The outcome is sweet, spicy, crunchy, and wonderfully fall flavored. It’s easy, fast, and sooooo much better than store-bought granola. Seriously don’t even mess with that expensive stuff. Who needs it? Not you.

Pumpkin Butter & Brown Butter Maple Pecan Granola

Crunchy fall-spiced granola made with brown butter, pumpkin butter, and maple syrup.

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced into tablespoon-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten free, if desired)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the butter over low-medium heat, whisking constantly. Once you see brown specks appear on the bottom, remove from the heat and continue whisking for 30 seconds. Pour into another bowl so that the butter doesn't continue to cook (which could result in burning).
  3. Add the pumpkin butter, maple syrup, and vanilla to the butter, and whisk until combined.
  4. Pour in the oats, spices, and pecans. Stir until the oats are evenly coated with the pumpkin and brown butter mixture.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a greased/parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, taking it out to stir 3 times so that the granola bakes evenly.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


16 Responses to “Pumpkin Butter & Brown Butter Maple Pecan Granola”

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 26, 2013 @ 8:15 am (#)

    Thank goodness for browned butter! This granola looks fabulous.

  2. August McLaughlin — September 26, 2013 @ 10:29 am (#)

    How did I not know about pumpkin butter?!? Fantastic recipe. I’m adding it to my stash. ;)

  3. Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} — September 26, 2013 @ 11:29 am (#)

    This looks delicious! I’ve never bought pumpkin butter because I definitely wouldn’t know what to do with it. Problem solved! And I hear you about needing to recharge your batteries after work instead of going out. I am the same way, and when there are baked goods involved, even better!

  4. Cathy @ Savory Notes — September 27, 2013 @ 1:40 am (#)

    Oh yyyummm! I’m so glad I stumbled across this recipe tonight. I’m making this first thing in the morning!

  5. Amy Alt — October 2, 2013 @ 1:30 pm (#)

    Pumpkin butter! sounds so good, i’m a serial (cereal?) granola eater but normally I have it with summer fruits. This will make a great change to make my breakfasts more autumnal.

    Definitely know what you mean about using cooking to de-stress, i’ve been getting busier and busier at work and it’s so nice to just relax in the kitchen and take your time over making something delicious :) x

  6. holly ; the hobbit kitchen — October 3, 2013 @ 6:32 pm (#)

    oh my goodness, pumpkin butter?! i didn’t even know such a thing existed! your trip sounds adorable & this recipe looks lovely. great post! :)

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  8. sally @ sallys baking addiction — October 4, 2013 @ 9:49 am (#)

    I love making homemade granola. I just made pumpkin granola this week! I didn’t use pumpkin butter, but now I wish I had. I love that stuff!

    • Veggie — October 4, 2013 @ 10:26 am (#)

      Nothing compares to homemade granola! It’s so easy, and SO much cheaper than store-bought. I figured putting pumpkin butter in granola would be a good way to keep myself from just eating it straight from the jar :)

  9. Andj — October 4, 2013 @ 11:43 am (#)

    What a great idea! Getting my pumpkin fix with a healthy granola might help me say no to those pumpkin scones in the morning :-)

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  12. Colette — August 11, 2014 @ 1:07 pm (#)

    This was easy to make and great tasting. I used blue agave instead of maple syrup because I didn’t have the syrup.

    • Katie — August 11, 2014 @ 1:32 pm (#)

      Nice! I’ll need to make this again in the fall. I’m happy to hear that agave works too!

  13. Megan — August 23, 2014 @ 9:22 am (#)

    I saw this recipe and just HAD to make it. I unfortunately couldn’t find pumpkin butter (maybe the time of year) so I settled for some apple cider apple butter. This granola is absolutely wonderful, tastes just like fall! Thanks for sharing!

    • Katie — August 23, 2014 @ 9:55 am (#)

      Awesome! I’ll have to try it with apple butter :)